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Dark Souls 2 covenants and roles explained

Friday, 6th December 2013 10:46 GMT By Dave Cook

Dark Souls 2 will see covenants return, and it seems that From Software wants to really expand the game’s PvP format using their roles.

You may recall that we posted this gallery of Dark Souls 2 covenant screens earlier in the week. Now, the studio has released further details on what the covenants are, and how they work.

It comes from Siliconera which confirms that the Blue Sentinels are charged with helping players who become invaded by others. You are whisked away to their world to help them fend off player-controlled Black Phantoms.

In addition, when a member of Way of the Blue Covenant is invaded, they also receive help from one fellow covenant member as well as a Blue Sentinal. So it’s possible to have three friendlies fighting one invader. That’ll learn them.

For those doing the invading, the Brotherhood of Blood covenant is similar to the Darkwraith Covenant in Dark Souls, in that you collect blood from felled PvP players for Dark Souls 2′s god of war Nahr Alma. Members of the Heirs to the Sun Covenant also show up in people’s worlds to help then defend against attackers, but instead appear as a Gold Phantom. However, we’re not sure how they’re different yet.

Lastly, members of the Bell Keepers covenant are automatically transported to the world of another player who enters an area with a bell in it. It’s their job to defend the bell from them in PvP combat.

We’ll have more on Dark Souls 2 soon. What do you make of the above?

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3 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    I feel the Demon / Dark Souls series is easily the most ‘next gen’ feeling game from a gameplay perspective.

    The online aspects blew me away with what is achievable in essentially a single player game.

    I loved the fact Zombi U copied these features.

    The overlay of community without detracting from the diffucluty or feeling of dread / isolation has been some of the best balancing i’ve ever seen in a game. The greatest ‘survival horror’ game ever, even though it isn’t labelled as one.

    Thats not even mentioning the world tendancies and features like that.

    Amzing stuff and a work of genius, I really hope Dark Souls 2 improves on the solid foundation.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. oxidizedtower

    sounds solid, and am definitely looking forward to a change of pace, but at the same time im currently a darkwraith and reeeeaaaally hate being ganked.. which looks like exactly what they’re promoting here.. but all the details are far from leaked so im hoping something comes up to even the playing field.

    Itll be cool to if you have to play all super assassin to have a consistent chance at winning when you invade, but i still want my duels.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. manamana

    #1 +1 absolute outstanding game last-gen and very enjoyable and satisfying gameplay experience. DarkSouls2 seems to be shaping up as a proper sequel. My fear of Miyazaki’s role as supervisor might be for no reason, but lets wait and see…

    #3 10 months ago

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